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Syllabus | MAS S66: Indistinguishable From… Magic as Interface, Technology, and Tradition
"Magic as Interface, Technology, and Tradition" - Greg and Dan's course sounds great.
design  technology  magic  magicwithak 
february 2015 by infovore
AskTog: Magic and Software Design
This is marvellous: Tog on magic and software, and what one can teach the other. The stuff about perceived time periods, and also on distraction, is particularly great. It's not just about the functionality: it's about how you present it; showmanship all the way down. (And: I like the reminder about the kinds of honesty that are important, in order that dissimulation still works0.
tog  design  magic  interaction  experience  software 
october 2012 by infovore
dan says...
"Twenty-one years later, an anonymous software engineer pulled together various digital artifacts to create a multiplayer game for his son.

Tonight, while playing that game, I ran into my 15-year-old self."

What magic smells like.
games  history  internet  networks  timetravel  magic 
june 2011 by infovore
scraplab — Jet! Fusion!
"Oddly, it feels a bit weird to watch the videos from inside MAST. There’s something about the combination of these being taken in the visible light spectrum inside a reactor, at super high speeds, with a CCTV-like aesthetic, makes me feel like I shouldn’t be able to observe what’s going on. Somehow reams of sensor data is fine, but watching the actual reaction feels… wrong. Like you’re looking into the soul of something amazing."
jet  mast  nuclearfusion  fusion  tomtaylor  magic 
june 2010 by infovore
YouTube - Fusion experiment: MAST Plasma
"High time resolution video of a MAST plasma showing the L-H transition (transition from low to high quality confinement) and ELMs (a form of instability in the plasma)." Wow. And: this is visible-light spectrum. Double-wow.
fusion  plasma  mast  jet  nuclearfusion  video  magic 
june 2010 by infovore
The Story: Notes on a conference in disguise |
"Magick is all about naming and control. So is journalism, and software engineering—related disciplines." yes yes yes a thousand times yes (the most wonderful sentence in James' write-up of a non-conference I didn't attend).
naming  journalism  magic  control  software  thestory  jamesbridle 
february 2010 by infovore
scraplab — The Practical Application of Codes and Pictures
"It still amazes me that with the Practical Application of Codes and Pictures, 1145 lines of gobbledegook and 554KB of compressed images can be turned into this." Making stuff is awesome.
noticings  code  programming  magic 
january 2010 by infovore
Poker players with "Magic: The Gathering" background succeeding at WSOP - ESPN
"While the two games have similarities, the consensus is that the collective poker success results more from the experience competition provides than the tactics and skill set utilized in 'Magic.'" Successful Magic: The Gathering players are moving over to professional poker. I particularly liked: '"I never want to play poker in my free time. 'Magic' you can. You can't make a living at 'M:TG,' but it's just the more enjoyable game.""
gambling  poker  games  play  gaming  pressure  magic  mtg  magicthegathering  skill 
june 2009 by infovore
celemony_ :: Direct Note Access
This isn't helping my suspicions that Melodyne is some kind of dark magic. Incredible.
melodyne  music  audio  software  remarkable  crazy  magic 
june 2008 by infovore
ACM Queue - Silicon Superstitions - When we don't understand a process, we fall into magical thinking about results.
People love mysteries and myths so much that they create them when an explanation seems too simple or straightforward.
magic  interface  hci  raskin  design  process 
october 2006 by infovore

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